Director, Human Resources

The Guild For Exceptional Children - Brooklyn, NY (30+ days ago)3.6

The Guild for Exceptional Children is a community-based nonprofit organization that provides educational services, living options, and life skills for children and adults with developmental disabilities. We are celebrating our 60th Anniversary this year. Our mission is to help children and adults who are in our care lead dignified and satisfying lives, reaching their fullest potential and assisting families in every step of their journey.

Due to an impending retirement, we are seeking a senior level season professional to oversee the Human Resources function of our Agency.

Main Purpose of the Position

Provides direction re policy development in the areas of recruitment, employment and orientation of personnel, training and development, performance management, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, equal employment opportunity, and legal matters.Provides human resource planning in conjunction with the needs of the Agency.

Essential Functions

  • Develops, recommends, implements and coordinates policies and programs encompassing all phases of the Human Resources function to assure satisfactory employee relations, competitive compensation and benefits posture, recruitment of qualified staff, accurate record keeping and compliance with Federal, State and City laws.
  • Formulates and administers employee relations policy subject to top management guidance and approval, including the development, recommendation and implementation of Human Resources policies and practices as well as assessment and recommendation of management training needs with regard to employee relations issues.
  • Develops, recommends and implements changes in the Agency’s organizational culture through changes in stated values, beliefs and example set by management staff.
  • Anticipates and influences the management impact of new legislation, regulations and judicial trends.Keeps abreast of trends in the Human Resources field and in business in general through involvement in professional associations, reading materials, seminars.
  • Plans and implements organizational and staffing changes resulting from restructuring or growth of the Agency.Ensures changes are cost effective and well communicated in a timely manner.
  • Directs the recruitment and placement of applicants for employment to assure employment of the most qualified staff available while complying with Federal, State and local laws.
  • Acts as the Plan Administrator for all Guild benefit plans, i.e. 403(b), health, dental, disability, etc.Works with benefit brokers and representatives to ensure plans are properly administered.
  • Develops and directs a succession planning and career development program in order to achieve mobility across organizational lines which will allow for greater flexibility in staffing, smoother transition periods if key staff leave the Agency, etc.
  • Oversees the resolution of complaints received from the NYS Division of Human Rights, NYC Commission of Human Rights, EEOC or the Federal court working with legal counsel to resolve issues in a manner most favorable to the Guild.
  • Maintains proactive relations with CSEA and as the Agency’s EEO officer is responsible for ensuring the Guild is in compliance with all laws and regulations involving Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.Investigates all EEO (including sexual harassment) complaints and charges brought about by Agency employees and makes necessary recommendations to senior management.
  • Directs and ensures that the preparation of statistical and other information required by the Federal government, i.e., EEO-1 reports, 5500’s, etc. are provided in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Directs and recommends the formulation and implementation of compensation and benefit programs to assure the Agency’s competitive posture while being cost effective and in compliance with Federal, State and local laws.
  • Develops and monitors a performance management system that is meaningful to managers, employees and the Agency as a whole.Ensures guidelines regarding salary increases are followed in a fair and equitable manner and that employees are reviewed in a timely and objective way.
  • Responds to formal and informal grievances submitted by CSEA, ensuring employees receive a fair hearing and a satisfactory resolution.
  • Represents the Agency at events important to its future growth, name recognition, etc.
  • Participates in Core Training Program for new Direct Support Professionals
  • Attends IAC Human Resources Committee meetings and participates in the Guild Corporate Compliance Committee.
  • Hires, supervises, evaluates, develops and terminates assigned staff (3) to ensure staff are productive and motivated.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of Agency policies and procedures;
  • Ability to define assignments or projects clearly;
  • Ability to adapt to potentially stressful situations;
  • Ability to analyze situations and data to resolve existing or potential problems;
  • Knowledge of government laws and regulations;
  • Ability to delegate to and motivate others;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally;
  • Ability to plan and monitor the activities of one or more areas;
  • Knowledge of department interface procedures;
  • Knowledge and understanding of Agency’s mission and philosophy;
  • Ability to make recommendations and decisions;
  • Ability to prepare budgets;
  • Knowledge of and ability to use a variety of software packages, i.e. Microsoft office, ADP, etc.


Education: Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, Psychology or related field.

Experience: Ten (10) years experience in human resources management at the management level preferably in a nonprofit organization in the developmental disability arena.

Certification: SPHR, SHRM-SCP preferred

Job Type: Full-time


  • Human Resources Management: 10 years (Required)


  • Master's (Preferred)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)